A Twist on a Holiday Classic: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for some new ideas to keep my friends and family joyful and excited about food and treats throughout the holidays.

 

Around this time of year, I always have a large group of friends over to my home for holiday movies, laughter, and most importantly, food and good company. One of my favorite wintertime treats is Hickory Farms Mini Meltaway Mints. To put a minty twist on a classic creation, I pondered combining the minty yummy goodness with another delicious winter tradition.

If there is one comforting beverage that is celebrated and prepared the most throughout the holiday, hot chocolate has got to be it. Hot chocolate has been a holiday staple for myself, my family, and as a party addition for as long as I can remember. This year, I knew I wanted to combine holiday hot chocolate and Meltaway Mints and make a super delicious, decadent twist on my standard drink.

I started by making my regular recipe of hot chocolate by adding vanilla soy milk, an adequate amount of cocoa powder, a dash of cinnamon, and a vanilla bean to the stove top. I mixed all of the ingredients and stirred slowly but consistently to alleviate the chance of any lumps.

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This hot chocolate turned out to be such a beautiful shade of milky brown, I wasn’t sure what the Meltaway Mints would do to the color, so I left them out of the actual hot chocolate mixture. Instead, I topped each mug with a hefty amount of whipped cream, and sprinkled a pretty array of Mini Meltaway Mints onto the top.

Not only was it incredibly festive in appearance, but it also added a minty flavor and pastel hue to the whipped cream.

This new spin on a traditional drink was such a hit, I have no doubt I will be making this peppermint hot chocolate recipe in the very near future and for holidays to come.

Finding the Perfect Winter Dessert Treat: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

We recently had our first snow of the season in Ohio. I much prefer the warm weather months, but since harsh, brittle winters are inevitable in Ohio, I’ve learned to make the best of it. I often have guests over to help make the time spent at home a little more fun. Since I tend to have a lot of people over, I am always looking for flavorsome treats to have in dishes throughout my home for people to snack on. My favorite winter snack to have ready while entertaining is peppermint dessert treats. I am always on the hunt for new variations on this classic candy that my guests will love.

Anything made with peppermints around this time makes me incredibly happy – peppermint sticks, peppermint brownies, peppermint martinis…the list goes on and on.

Now that we are entering into the start of the chilliest months here in Ohio, my primary focus was to get my hands on the mintiest treat I could find from Hickory Farms.

I had some amazing minty options, but my sights were set from the beginning. Hickory Farms Peppermint Snow cookies were my choice. I can’t think of  a better treat than combining crunchy chocolate cookie with crushed peppermints.

 

I was first drawn to the appearance of these amazing peppermint Christmas cookies.   These tasty indulgences are concealed within white and dark chocolate. As if that isn’t enough, they are then sprinkled with crushed peppermints. the crushed peppermints not only add a crunchy, minty finish, but they make the presentation of these chocolate peppermint cookies so impressive that they make for an incredible after dinner dessert treat at a dinner party or family gathering.

The Peppermint Snow Mint Cookies were put to the test when I hosted a small holiday gathering. I knew my guests thought they were as enchanting as I did when I realized an hour into the party that there were none left for me!

There were two lessons I learned that night. The first was that for every winter gathering from this point on, Peppermint Snow Mints have to be a dessert treat for guests to nosh on. The second lesson is that I always need to buy an extra bag for myself.